A pipe bomb outside a house near Edgeworthstown last week exploded moments before gardai discovered a second viable device, the Leader can reveal.
No one was hurt when the bomb detonated at around 9pm last Wednesday with the house’s occupants initially believing the blast to be that of a shotgun.
But it was only when gardai arrived and carried out a search of the premises that a second device was found, resulting in army bomb disposal experts being called in.
As is customary with the discovery of pipe bomb and other improvised devices, army personnel deployed their Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) appliance, a robotic like creation specifically tasked with handling explosive equipment.
After an initial assessment, the device was confirmed as viable and was made safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion.
Its components and all associated evidence taken from the scene have this week has been the subject of thorough scrutiny by Garda forensic specialists.
As detectives await the outcome of those findings, much focus is likely to centre on what may have prompted last Wednesday’s discovery.
It’s not the first time army disposal officers have been called to the same premises to dispose of a suspect device. In 2010, two bombs were found culminating in the arrest of three men. No charges were brought despite a file being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Gardai are still working on a motive this week, but are examining the possibility that last week’s find may be linked to a recent and ongoing Traveller related feud.
A house, also in Edgeworthstown, was destroyed by fire while three men were detained for questioning in connection with a stabbing incident outside a Co Longford Funeral Home.
The Leader also understands one of the arrested men may have been the intended victim of last week’s pipe bomb discovery.
Anyone who noticed anything untoward in the Lisfarrell area between the hours of 8pm and 9pm last Wednesday (October 2) is asked to contact Granard Garda Station (043) 6686512.